Here at Columbia SC Moms Blog, we love to support the local businesses around us – especially when it relates to kids and families! While we enjoy the children store franchises around us, there is something special about walking into a mom and pop shop that contains specialty items with a extra touch of personalization and our famous southern hospitality.
And we’re offering more – an insider’s glimpse on the best ways to save and be “in the know” about upcoming sales and specials. So take note and make the most of your upcoming shopping trip!
Located in Forest Acres, the Carousel specializes in newborn through size 4T for Boys and size 6X for Girls. You’ll find hand-smocked clothes, Easter dresses, Christening gowns, and Rosalina outfits. They also offer monogramming services.
Ways to Save: This store has a backroom Consignment Boutique with pre-owned clothing for newborn up to size 10-12.
Also located in Forest Acres, Southern Children offers its “fine lines of children’s clothing to those who appreciate conservative and traditional styles for children.” Similar to The Carousel, Southern Children has a large variety of hand-smocked clothes, Easter dresses, and Christening gowns. I really liked their selection of USC and Clemson clothes for children.
Ways to Save: There were several racks that were marked 30% off, consisting mostly of out-of-season clothing.
Located in Irmo, Enchanted Closet sells children’s apparel, shoes and gifts. They offer hand-smocked dresses, boys and girls applique fashions, children’s shoes and accessories, and Christening and Baptism gowns. They also provide custom apparel and monogramming services.
Ways to Save: they have two tent sales a year, one in May and another in the fall. Follow their Facebook page to know exactly when!
Located near downtown Columbia, Little Lambs and Ivy’s motto is, “Dress them cute before they grow up.” Their clothing is meant to be cute, comfortable and full of fun. They also have a great selection of books – from new popular series like Pete the Cat, to old classics like Little House on the Prairie. Their toy section includes puzzles, wooden cars, stuffed animals, and more.
Located in Forest Acres, this quaint toy store sells what I would refer to as “higher quality” toys. While they have a wide variety of toys, the brands you will most likely find there are Melissa and Doug, Usborne Books, Magformers, Calico Critters, Corolle, and Legos. This store is extremely inviting to young children. They have several stations set up where kids can play with trains, or in a small kitchen, or try out some of their scooters. The staff is great at recommending popular toys based on a child’s age and they also offer free gift-wrapping!
Ways to save: They offer a frequent Beeper Card, where you get $10 off after making 10 separate purchases of $10 or more. They also often have a discount table located right outside their store.
Located in Lexington, Learning Express Toys offers a variety of toys for children. Much like Be Beep, Learning Express has a “hands-on environment where customers can experiment, play, and receive expert advice from well-trained staff members.” They also offer in-store events, free gift-wrapping, a Birthday Box registry and free personalization services.
Ways to Save: Check out their Special Offers section online for discounts to “Buy One Get One” offers to free toys and accessories with purchase.
This lovely little boutique is located in Forest Acres. They sell a variety of brands, widths, styles from sizes newborn to youth seven with an extensive selection for the older children. If they don’t have what you need in stock, they can always special order it. And they are able to size your child for the correct shoe size. The highlight for us in the store was probably the slide and variety of toys they had for kids to play with while parents shopped. I practically had to drag my son out!
Ways to Save: The store has two sales a year, one in January and one in June. If you want to find out more about the sales, sign up for their email list.
This store is located in Northeast Columbia on Decker Park Road. It is mostly a furniture store, but they also have some bedding, decor, clothes, toys and cloth diapers. Be aware that it is closed Tuesdays (which kind of threw me off.)
Ways to Save: you can register online to receive in-store coupons and sale announcements. They also list their clearance items online.
There are two of these stores in Columbia – one in Northeast Columbia on Two Notch Road and one in Harbison. As far as consignment stores in the Columbia area are concerned, the Once Upon a Child franchise is king. You will find a large selection of clothes and toys for kids. Both stores are always well-stocked with merchandise. The best part is they will buy back clothes, toys and children’s items on the spot, providing either cash or a store credit.
This store is located in Lexington. They specialize in reselling smocked & boutique children’s clothes, bows and shoes. They also sell other brands of clothing and baby equipment (such as bouncers, jumpers, strollers, bassinets, cradles, crib/toddler mattresses etc.). However, they do not carry cribs or car seats.
Whether you’ve been here for years or are new to the area, I hope this list helped you discover some new stores to visit!